LAHORE - Brilliant batting by captain Misbahul Haq steered Islamabad to impressive two-wicket victory over Younus Khan-led Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the Pakistan Cup second match played at Iqbal Stadium on Wednesday.

Islamabad started their chase in a pathetic way as they lost early three wickets at the total of just 9 runs. After that Misbahul Haq and Iftikhar Ahmed took the responsibility and brought their team close to win. Misbah hammered 82 runs while Iftikhar contributed 48 runs in their team’s triumph. Shadab Khan (33) finished the match in great style and landed his team Islamabad home safely. Zohaib Khan (3-36) and Zia-ul-Haq (2-28) bowled well for KP. Earlier opting to bat first, KP openers provided an outstanding start by scoring 76 runs for the first-wicket partnership. Ahmed Shehzad was the first victim of Islamabad bowling who was showed pavilion by M Abbas at his individual score of 31. After him, Fakhar Zaman and captain Younus Khan added valuable runs and helped the team post the decent total of 212 runs on the board in 46.1 overs. Fakhar slammed 45 runs and Younus hammered 61 runs.

Hammad Azam clinched three wickets and M Abbas two for Islamabad. For his brilliant knock of 86, Misbah was declared as man-of-the-match.



Shehzad c Kamran Akmal b Abbas 31

Fakhar Zaman run out 45

Younus c Iftikhar b Hammad Azam 61

Rameez Aziz run out 12

Zohaib Khan c Kamran b Hammad 4

Bismillah Khan c Sharjeel b Hammad 9

Fahim Ashraf run out 5

Yasir Shah st Kamran b Shadab Khan 6

Zia-ul-Haq c Kamran b M Sami 10

M Asghar c Misbah b M Abbas 17

Sameen Gul not out 1

EXTRAS: (lb 1, w 10) 11

TOTAL: (all out; 46.1 overs) 212

FOW: 1-76, 2-99, 3-154, 4-159, 5-169, 6-173, 7-176, 8-190, 9-196, 10-212

BOWLING: M Irfan 8-0-37-0, M Sami 8-1-30-1, M Abbas 6.1-0-20-2, Imran Khalid 10-0-55-0, Shadab Khan 6-0-43-1, Hammad Azam 7-0-23-3, Iftikhar Ahmed 1-0-3-0.


Kamran Akmal c Fahim b Zia 4

Sharjeel c Yasir b Fahim Ashraf 1

Nasir c Zohaib b Zia 2

Iftikhar c Shehzad b Zohaib Khan 48

Misbah-ul-Haq run out 82

Imran Khalid b Zohaib Khan 0

Hammad Azam st Bismillah b Zohaib 17

Shadab Khan not out 33

M Sami c & b M Asghar 12

M Abbas not out 0

EXTRAS: (w 6) 6

TOTAL: (8 wickets; 42.1 overs) 205

FOW: 1-5, 2-7, 3-9, 4-112, 5-112, 6-153, 7-178, 8-196

BOWLING: Fahim Ashraf 8.1-0-47-1, Zia-ul-Haq 8-0-28-2, M Asghar 9-0-50-1, Yasir Shah 8-0-44-0, Zohaib Khan 9-0-36-3.

TOSS: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa